Mobile Telephony Innovation to Improve Education Service Outcomes

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There is a wide and growing interest in the use of mobile telephony to improve education service outcomes. The first part of the report identifies the key lessons learned and recommendations for policy makers relating to the use of mobile telephony to improve education service outcomes, though with a general focus on mobile phone-assisted learning. The second part identifies a number of projects that have taken place or are taking place in post-conflict environments which make use of, in some way, mobile telephony. The third section identifies a number of projects that relate to using mobile telephones and other mobile devices for data management in relation to education.

Interventions identified use mobile telephony to:

  • provide emergency information to students and parents (Gaza Strip: Souktel and UNESCO);
  • develop and distribute an education curriculum (Afghanistan: EXE & Ustad Mobile Software);
  • provide payments for parents and teachers (Haiti and Afghanistan: Mobile Payments for Education);
  • train school teachers (Madagascar: Mobile Phone-Assisted Teacher Training);
  • to assist with literacy classes (Afghanistan: Using Mobile Phones to Accelerate Literacy Education);
  • produce a national map of schools (School Mapping: National Mapping and Analysis of Catholic Schools in Haiti);
  • monitor improvements in education (Education Quality Indicator Tracking: Edutrack);
  • produce a school census (Educational Planning: School Census by Mobile Phone Technology).
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